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Where do coyotes make there den. On my property i have seen 5 coyotes at one time, killing one of them. I have searched my entire property and had never seen any sign of a den. What type of place do i look for in order to find a coyote den? 

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Good question.  I guess I've

Good question.  I guess I've seen coyote dens, but never paid attention to where they were.  I think i've seen a lot of them in stream banks especially where there were a large brush pile.  I've also seen them in any type of embankment in pastures and hillsides.  Good luck with your hunts.

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Find a good bursh or rock

Find a good bursh or rock pile and start there.  Also, I have heard that they will sometimes take over a fox den underground if the opportunity presents itself too.

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They are very opportunistic

They are very opportunistic in their denning behavior. They will dig thier own dens a lot of the time but they will also use existing dens that other animals have abandoned if they get the chance. They will enlarge the pre existing dens if need be. I have seen them used stumps, fallen trees, rock outcroppings and even human structures. I have seen many dens burrowed into the side of drainage canals and earthen dams. Old badger digs are enlargened and used on a fairly regular basis.

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If they use an old badger

If they use an old badger hole, then they better hope it really is old and not occupied...those badgers are some nasty creatures and I'd put my money on them over a coyote.

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If you are thinking that a

If you are thinking that a coyote goes home to his den every night and goes to sleep you need to rethink.  They will use dens in the spring time when it comes time to have pups.  Other than that they usually wander the country side looking for food and sleep out in the open.

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I have to agree with Critter.

I have to agree with Critter. I've watched them rise from their bed in 2 foot tall wire grass in a dry swamp bed...I've also seen there sunning on woods piles...But for the most part, they wander around their territory searching for food, sleeping where they feel the safest.

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I would say if you have any

I would say if you have any hillside that has larger rocks there or an old swamp area thats out of the weather so to speak, they will have dens under logs and beneath rocks or old woodchuck holes that have a larger entrance way. Your best bet would be to scout for thier runs during first snows or in early spring while still some snow or mud. If they sense danger though I have known them to change abodes. Ledgey areas are great hiding places for them.

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I have never seen what I

I have never seen what I would call a coyote den just some of the places they have curled up for the day. Foxes though are another matter and I think some of the dens people think belong to coyotes could have been from foxes instead. We have had foxes around the house for many years and they always use or make a den in the rocky hillside along the driveway to have their pups every year. But once the pups are grown enough we rarely see them again and the den goes unused until the next year. Quite likely that coyotes behave similar I would think.

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Yes, I agree about the foxes

Yes, I agree about the foxes and loner coyotes will do exactly that. I know a place up here where I hunt where I've seen the tracks from a den in the rocks and a well used trail also where they must come out to hunt every night and even through the day and back. Every time I get close to it I never see one because of where it's located, they can see me or anyone approaching. Smart and sly critters as they are,lol.

I always wanted to sit just a short ways away and use an injured rabbit call to see if it would work but it's a ways to travel for just that.

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dens are used a lot when the

dens are used a lot when the weather is nasty, but often, you will see beds in the snow where multiple coyotes are sleeping next to eachother. i see them most often in the middle of fallen tree tops. next to big logs or rock overhangs.

look for log jams brush piles and natural holes. this will work if you're trapping around their breeding season, but more often than not, coyotes travel LOTS.

it seems like about every major season change (winter-summer) new groups of coyotes move in and out.

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